Patience / Production

Last week I blogged about using word count to motivate me. I’ve tried it before and I found it stressed me out, but as I said, this time I broke it down differently than before and the count is not so daunting anymore. I managed to double my expected word count last week and it has given me momentum. Promise what’s required, deliver more…

This last weekend while snowed in – we got over a foot of snow overnight on Saturday – I decided I would spend the day researching how to outline stories . Just hearing the word outline gives me hives because I’m a discovery writer.

Because outlining went against my nature I tuned out when people tried to explain the hero’s journey, 3 act play, etc. I got anxious when I had to know what the inciting incident was, or the pinch point. No amount of explanation, and believe me many tried, made me understand. I didn’t have any grand scenes/events that would qualify. Just by their names it meant these events had to be blockbuster, didn’t it?

Back to the Patience/Production. Patience I have very little. I want to sit down at my computer at 7 in the morning and write a 90,000 word epic story, have it editor ready by noon, and returned formatted with a stunning cover tomorrow morning and then up on the sales sites by tomorrow afternoon. 

Yes, that is an exaggeration, but every time I start a story I want it to be my reality. I’ve found myself in a hot mess on the last two manuscripts I’ve written. I tried to put everything I could think of into the stories and it was an epic fail. Both had to be re-written with careful thought of what I really wanted to say or where I truly wanted the story to go. Even though it was a great learning experience, I want to avoid this in the future, or at least minimize the amount of re-writing.

It’s a new year so I thought I might give outlining a fair try. I never thought I would say that and really mean it, but I think I’ve found a method that just might work for me. I’m still shuttering at the thought of outlining, but the tremors are a little smaller…

Finally, I found a method that speaks my language. Yes, all those other words like Inciting incident and pinch point are in there, but the way it is explained makes sense now. Maybe I might learn a little about Patience as well…

This method also works well with scrivener. Another of my New Year’s goals is to use scrivener since I bought it early last year and haven’t used it yet. But, I’m sure it would work in word or another word processing program just as well.

Wish me luck.

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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